Lyon (Les Sangliers) - South East France - France

Golf Club de Lyon,
38280 Villette d’Anthon,

  • +33 4783 11133

  • David Richalot

  • Hugues Lambert

  • Raphael Reynaud

The town of Villette d’Anthon is set in the heart of Lyon, the capital of the Gauls. This beautiful area, close to the French Alps is famous for wine, most notably Beaujolais and Cotes du Rhone. The Lyon Golf Club was founded in 1919 and it’s set in a delightful 500-acre estate, flanked by the River Rhone and the club boasts two full 18-hole courses – “Les Brocards” and “Le Sangliers”. There’s also an 8-hole practice course where the members can hone their skills.

Villette d’Anthon was one of the first and biggest golf developments in the Rhone region and the championship Sangliers course was built in 1991. It’s one of France’s most beautiful courses and the French architect Hugues Lambert designed it. It’s a technically testing layout, which stretches out to more than 6,700 metres with par set at 75. The course weaves its way through woodland and the River Rhone comes into play on six holes, in fact, there is water on no less than nine holes.

The Sangliers (meaning Wild Boars) is not a course for the novice golfer, even from the front tees. It tested the very best golfers when the French Open came here in 2001 seeing the ever-popular José Maria Olazabal emerging victorious.

Undeniably beautiful, Villette d’Anthon is a heavenly place to play golf. You would never believe you were so close to the busy city of Lyon.

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Description: Villette d’Anthon was one of the first and biggest golf developments in the Rhone region and the championship Sangliers course at Golf Club de Lyon was built in 1991. Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 1
David John Cooper

Lyon Golf Club has two courses and our Australian golf group played the higher rated Sangliers Course. Organisation of our game was seamless via the head professional, David Richalot, who speaks English fluently and could not have been more helpful. At most regional French golf clubs or indeed Paris private golf clubs, English is rarely spoken, let alone understood.

Sangliers was a pleasure to play with each of the 18 holes played through lush tree lined fairways with plenty of water on half the holes to maintain your concentration. Each hole is unique and it is rare to see another hole from the hole you are playing. The course was in very good condition with the rough clearly defined into 1st and 2nd cuts. Given the number of water holes and the relatively thick 2nd cut of rough, you should play the yellow tees (rather than the longer white tees) unless you are a particularly long and accurate hitter. Be warned, there are two golf courses and each runs close to the other and without many signs it is possible to drift onto the wrong course or play the wrong hole on the Sangliers Course. In particular, it is a long walk from the 7th green to the 8th tee and in the way is the 14th hole (a short par 3) which many play thinking it is the 8th hole (also a par 3). There is a map on the scorecard which should be referred to after playing each hole.

After your round, the club has modern clubrooms which offer extensive indoor and outdoor seating with a great wine selection. You are made to feel most welcome – but your speaking some French would significantly assist drinks ordering.

August 09, 2022
7 / 10
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